Mozilla continues its relentlessly hurtling climb to a triple-digit version number with Firefox 11 (a.k.a. the Nigel Tufnel Special Edition), which is light on new features that you’ll actually notice (though developers get a couple of new toys). The new Add-on Sync feature enables you to keep your add-ons copacetic across multiple computers (go to the Sync tab in Preferences to opt into this), and you can now migrate bookmarks, history, and cookies from Google Chrome. Also, users of Growl 1.3 and later will get a welcome return of notifications. On the developer side, the update adds the Style Editor tool for editing CSS stylesheets in a text editor and the Page Inspector 3D View, a WebGL-based visualization tool that provides a three-dimensional view of the HTML elements on your page (see this Mozilla blog entry for a video demonstration). Firefox 11 also provides support for the outerHTML and CSS text-size-adjust properties, and includes redesigned media controls for HTML5 video. The update is rounded out by a variety of security fixes. (Free, 32 MB, release notes)
Avoid Simple Typos
If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.
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